2023 Membership Letter

Dear Red Hawk Member,  

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday. As you know, since the pandemic, running the business has been a challenge. With trying to obtain new co-workers and the uncertainty of the economy has made it more demanding. Hopefully our Grille can go back to our old hours of operation. The overall health of the golf course is strong and the future looks brighter.

I know some of you are worried about the sale of the course and the possibility of a new owner. I get weekly inquiries about the club from prospective buyers around the world. Believe it or not, we’re not happy with their vision or direction of the club. We’ve worked too hard to see these drastic changes.

Notwithstanding, we hope someone local with our same dreams and ideas will step up and purchase the club. I would love to still be involved in a smaller role. But of course, that would be up to the new owners. However, Michelle and I have to do what’s best for our family. But whatever happens with the sale, we promise it won’t affect your 2023 membership. It would be similar to 2012 when we bought out the Travelsteads.

Moving to a small town, we learned quickly about small town rumors. Michelle and I plan on staying in Southern Illinois after the sale to be close to our girls. And being a small part of this community has always made us glad.

Please talk to me openly if you have any questions. Most of you have my cell phone or know someone who does, so don’t hesitate to call.

In closing, we are going to keep the club moving in a positive direction and hopefully leave it better than we found it. Times have changed, but we still must consider those who come after us.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

– Dan & Michelle


November 2021 Letter

Dear Member,

We hope all is well and everyone is staying healthy. It seems like we’re heading to the back nine; hopefully, we’ll finish strong. We have to stay the course and hang in there. Nationally, the golf industry has been on an upswing with the advent of the pandemic. Hopefully it will continue to trickle down to rural America and Southern Illinois. Somehow, we always seem to survive.

Red Hawk has had a good year thanks in part to all of your support. The golf course is in great shape and the greens are rolling super. A huge thank you to Ray, Pete, Tyler, Johnnie, Steve Barber, Mike, and Shorty. I think after 16 years we finally have it down to a science. I would especially like to recognize Gayland Chancey and Donnie “Shorty” Kellerman for all their guidance and wisdom over the years. They have given selflessly of their time to keep this golf course going. They are like surrogate fathers to me!

Michelle and I are currently trying to sell the golf course and are looking for an owner that would continue our vision. We would also consider some sort of majority buyout or investment. A local buyout option may be ideal so the course could continue with locally decided improvements. No matter what the future holds, we will do our very best to make sure this situation doesn’t adversely affect your membership or your access to the course. We consider Southern Illinois to be our home and I would be happy to assist the new owners in some capacity. I’ve learned a lot in the last sixteen years and I feel I would be a good resource.

This offseason, we will market the facility aggressively. So please don’t be surprised if you see a big sign or an ad on the internet. Our annual membership will continue as usual. If a sale happens, we will pro-rate the membership revenue for the new ownership. Regardless of what happens, we hope we can still implement some of our ideas for the club. In conclusion, we hope to preserve the Red Hawk tradition and quality golf course. And we want to be honest and transparent to our local members. We wish this golf course success even after our time here is done. Please don’t hesitate to call me at (618) 318-6939 with any concerns and questions. Have a great holiday and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Dan & Michelle Breslin

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